posted by Chefmom 06-05-100 6:27 AM
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup or honey
1/3 cup oil
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup water
4 large sized eggs
1 Duncan Hines yellow or French vanilla cake mix
2 cans of pineapple rings, you will have a few leftover rings
maraschino cherries if desired
pecans if desired
Prepare a 9x13 pan by spraying the bottom with spray grease. Preheat the oven to 350º.
Place the butter and brown sugar and corn syrup in the pan and place in the oven until melted. Stir to evenly combine and to coat the bottom of the pan.
Drain the rings of pineapple, save the juice. Place the rings in the pan laying them 3 by 4. If you like, place drained and patted dry maraschino cherries in the center of the rings, and lay pecans in between the rings. Set aside and prepare the cake.
In a mixing bowl, combine the oil, juice, water and eggs, then add the cake mix. Mix on low until combined, then mix on medium for 2 minutes. Pour over the pineapple rings and bake until the cake tests done.
Cool in the pan for 5-7 minutes, then turn onto a serving platter. If any rings should stick to the bottom, just gently remove them and place them back onto their place on the cake.
This cake is best served upon cooling to a warm room temperature with a little whipped cream or even better, ice cream!
Variations: Mini version-The rings perfectly fit into a jumbo cupcake pan. Simple grease two pans (6 impressions each), prepare the brown sugar/butter/syrup mixture in a large measure or bowl in the microwave(just micro until its bubbly) and pour into the pans. Then place the rings into the cups and cherries if you like.
Then pour the cake batter over the top. It will make 12 jumbo cups.
If you only have one jumbo muffin pan, then cut the amount of butter/brown sugar/corn syrup mixture in half, and only use one can of rings, if you don't have enough juice to make 1 cup, just make up the difference for a total of 1 1/4 cups of water/juice.
Make 6 individual pineapple upsidedown cakes, and then drop out regular cupcakes with the rest of the batter.
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